Seeds of Change Grant ProgramDeadline: March 28, 2016
Seeds of Change has a mission to make organically grown seeds available to gardeners and farmers, while preserving countless heirloom seed varieties in danger of being lost to the “advances” of modern industrial agriculture. To support its mission, Seeds of Change® is seeking partners to help grow healthier and more sustainable communities. Grant funds will be distributed to school and community programs that will enhance the environmental, economic, and social well-being of gardens, farms, farmers, and communities. The two-step application process is detailed below:
1. Public voting phase: Applications will go through a public voting period and the 50 applications (25 school applications and 25 community applications) that receive the most votes will be passed through to the judge evaluation phase.
2. Judge evaluation phase: A panel of judges made up of Seeds of Change farmers and brand leaders and strategic partners will evaluate the fifty organizations’ applications that received the most votes to select awardees. Applications will be evaluated based on the extent the applicant does the following:
- Food education: How the organization helps teach people where their food comes from; how the entry effectively builds the connection between the journey from seed to plate; and how the organization greater enables and empowers the community to make healthy eating choices.
- Community impact: Whether the entry identifies the organization’s mission and measurable goals, and ties its activity, impact, and value to its community and to the Seeds of Change mission. Show what the organization accomplishes and how it makes a difference.
- Need based: Whether the entry demonstrates a need for charitable funding. Does the organization have robust, alternate sources of income? Share how grants offer an opportunity that the project or organization would not have the means to fund otherwise.
- Leadership and inspiration: Whether the entry provides sound methods for executing its activity and achieving tangible results for its community. How does it get people excited about gardening and farming? Does the project leader, collaborators, and partners have the capacity and commitment to see the project through to completion, while engaging the community?
- School programs: Two grants for $20,000 and ten for $10,000 will be awarded.
- Community programs: Two grants for $20,000 and ten grants for $10,000 will be awarded.
- Four Ambassadors involved with the organizations selected to receive the $20,000 grants will be selected to win an “Ambassador Award” valued at approximately $5,000 per prize. The Ambassador Awards will consist of: 1) passes for the Ambassador and a guest to attend a gardening conference taking place between June and September 2016, and; 2) a mentorship program in which each winning Ambassador will receive gardening advice and consultation from a Seeds of Change associate during the grant year
Eligibility: Organizations must meet all of the following criteria:
1. Be a private for-profit organization, a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, or a public non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on at least one of the following areas:
- Community-based farming or gardening
- Public school gardens
- Food & nutrition education
- Farming and agriculture education
- Sustainable farming
2. Be based in the U.S. and primarily maintained in the U.S.
3. Be linked to a specific town, township, watershed, county or other delineated area, and be able to engage such community for participation and support.